Detroit Lions linebacker Devon Kennard is racking up accomplishments on and off the field. His biggest score yet: making a difference in the lives of Detroit’s kids.
Devon Kennard was always known for his accolades on the football field.
A 2009 graduate of Desert Vista, Kennard dominated opposing offenses from the defensive line position. As a junior, he accounted for a state-record 24.5 sacks. He was well on his way to doing the same before tragedy struck against Chandler early in his senior year.
Devon sits down on the Winning is not Everything podcast and talked about identity outside of the game of football, chasing dreams and his child hold. Winning is not everything is hosted by Sean Jensen who is a well known espn reporter and children book author.
My chat with Devon Kennard, the Detroit Lions linebacker who is in the running to win prestigious Walter Payton Man of the Year award at the NFL Honors Saturday night before #SuperBowLIV. We discuss the influence of his father, brother and #KobeBryant and much, much more!
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Devon Kennard has had lots of dreams come true.
Being the highest recruit to come out of Arizona in 2009. Going to his dream school, USC. Getting drafted by the New York Giants. His second contract with the Detroit Lions. The birth of his daughter 17 months ago.
Devon Stopped by The Community Footlocker store on 8 Mile Rd in Detroit with 4 DPS students from the Detroit brotherhood & sisterhood after school program. These kids were hand picked by the Detroit police volunteers and acknowledged for being leaders in the program and maintaining great grades! I wanted to reward them with a shopping spree for Christmas!
To me, the Walter Payton Man of The Year Award stands for excellence on and off the field. As I reflect on every player who has ever won this award I see one common thread; a group of man who are exceptional football players but at some point made the realization that real success is helping OTHERS succeed and grow. Their life’s work reflects this realization.
With that said, I am extremely honored and humbled to be mentioned alongside such men as a nominee for this years Walter Payton Man of The Year award. Youth mentorship, education and literacy has been a passion of mine since entering the NFL 6 years ago and I’m excited to shed light on the amazing organizations I have had the honor of working with here in Detroit. I want to personally thank my family, Mrs. Ford, Coach Patricia, all my teammates and the community relations department here in Detroit. This would not be possible without the help of all of you and I am eternally grateful.
Thank you again and God Bless,
For Thanksgiving Devon and his teammates Matthew Stafford, Jarrad David and Danny Amendola partnered with Ford to surprise the Detroit Boxing Gym with new equipment, a car to get kids to and from program and tickets to a game. The Detroit Boxing Gym is a non profit organization in Detroit thats a safe haven for kids to go after school and get school work done as well as learn boxing and other leadership skills that is applicable in all areas of life.